Easter Egg Market

Last weekend after I drove Ryan to the train station and Kate drove her husband, Brian to the airport, Kate and I spent a few hours shopping for Easter eggs at the Easter Egg Market at Kloster Eberbach. Kloster Eberbach is an old monastery and winery.  Throughout the monastery there are beautiful arches and lots of light.  It’s a beautiful place to hold an event like this.  The market was far more crowded than we expected for a Sunday but we were still able to see lots of pretty eggs!

Kate and I both missed the Easter egg markets last year so we were excited about finding pretty hand-decorated Easter eggs in various styles.  The market consisted of about 80 different egg vendors from The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Finland, Poland and others. Every area has a different decorating technique.   The pictures below don’t really do the beautiful designs justice.

There were also lots of different types of eggs.  The eggs in the pictures below show some of the different sizes.  There were larger speckled eggs and tiny little brown, white or speckled eggs.  The picture on the left also shows one of the unique decoration techniques where designs are created by carving varying shaped holes in the eggs.

Many of the vendors had beautiful, elaborate displays to show off the eggs.  The left picture below has one of my favorites.  The eggs appear to be painted but they are actually covered with tiny strips of paper mache.  The eggs in the picture on the right are large speckled eggs with the front side painted white with extremely detailed black designs.    I love tree design so I had to snag one of these!

The eggs on the left below are painted with metallic paint and on the right, the eggs are beaded.  The beading designs are intricately detailed.  The woman at the table was decorating the eggs so that patrons could see they were hand beaded.

In the image below the man is painting eggs with a tiny little brush.  It was interesting to watch some of the vendors decorating.  It’s hard to imagine that some of the tiny, intricate images were done by hand.

I bought one of the eggs from the man in the picture above and when Ryan returned from his trip, we found a bundle of twigs at a florist near by to hang our eggs to display.

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